Who are the people that are mostly stopped and frisked in your neighborhood?
In a survey of Lehman College students and faculty, people expressed how they feel about the stop and frisk policy, agreeing that minorities are the most targeted group and unfairly singled out by police.
Stop and frisk is a widespread practice that allows police officers who are suspicious of a person to stop them and put their hands on their body to search for any concealed weapons or illegal substances, according to a primer by John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. The practice is problematic because data shows that it leads to racial profiling of African Americans and Hispanics.
An analysis by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) says, “Black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics,” tactics that are being practiced by the New York City Police Department.
Teacher Christy Kingham, a Manhattan resident, shares, “I am white, my family is white and we live in a white neighborhood, so I have not seen people stopped and frisked by police officers,” and adds, “it’s largely people of color that are stopped and anything driven by stereotypes are not needed.”
Fifteen year-old Delarys Ramos, a College Now student, says “I was stopped and frisked. It sucked. I felt violated and wrongly judged. I think stop and frisk is a cheap tactic used by the police force to complete hours and earn their pay.”
Daniel Obeng, 17 years-old college now student, says “I think stop and frisk policy is okay if crimes are being stopped,” but says, “Don’t target minorities just because they are minorities because it just leads to extreme racial profiling.”
According to the NYPD’s own report, “in 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 532,911 times. 55 percent were black, 32 percent were Latino while 10 percent were white.” These statistics show that African Americans are mostly targets of the stop and frisk policy.
Gurprit Kaur, an 18 year-old Lehman college student says, “the stop and frisk law is discriminating especially because New York is such a diverse state.”
“It would piss me off if they did that to me because I’m a minority,” said Kaur, who is of South Asian background. Overall, the stop and frisk policy is seen as an issue by community members and as Kaur clearly states, “it is a violation of all Americans.”